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Comment Re:Nasty (Score 1) 184

People don't generally taste feces, but they do know what it smells like, and a huge fraction of the sense of flavor is smell. So whenever I read something like that, I read it as "it doesn't taste like what I expect feces to taste like, given the stench".

The actual sense of taste plays a role, something you can't guess from the smell, but it's relatively coarse and imprecise. Coffee, in fact, tastes very different from the way one expects from the aroma alone, because the flavor is very bitter (due to various alkaloids, including caffeine). The acrid, burned flavors of dark roasts contribute. But if you mix it with milk, whose proteins bind a lot of those bitter flavors, you end up with something that actually does taste a lot like it smells.

(I know you didn't ask, but my $.02 were burning a hole in my mental pocket.)

Comment Re:Question asked... (Score 1) 379

Accounting for just over half the Senate, and only 19 of the 49 Republicans. Leaving me to conclude that well over half of the Republicans voted for one or the other, but not both. And only a quarter can claim to be fully against all bailouts.

So the OP may not be correct in claiming that "very few Republicans" dissented, it's also not correct to imply that they're universally against bailouts. Rather, it seems more like "bailouts when we like them; not when we don't (but somehow justified by being universally against them)".

Comment Re:Reprehensible (Score 2, Informative) 490

If anyone else were advocating the violent death of another, it would be a crime; perhaps it's time for some standards to be applied to all - right, left, far left (journalists), far right (faux journalists at fox, etc.).

FTFY

The media in the US is by and large very conservative. The "liberal" media is a myth, the US media is anything but liberal, particularly the news media.

Comment Re:Not me but friends (Score 1) 189

Knowing GL/DirectX is pretty meaningless in games unless you're looking to be hired as a graphics programmer. Even more interesting these days is that as more of the gaming experience moves online, we're seeing fairly traditional skillsets such as DBA or server side programming become much more in demand. It all depends on what you want to do *on* a game development team. Knowing graphics programming doesn't guarantee you a job anymore than being demonstrably skilled in any other facet of game programming. In fact, going in and thinking that just because you can write a hobby game front to back yourself is far less interesting to employers than being able to demonstrate an interest in a specific area.

Comment Re: What does the job entail? (Score 3, Informative) 189

I work for one of the top 5 developers on console games, as a programmer. Are there crunch times? Yes. Do you get comp time? Yes. I'm going to be taking 35 days vacation this fall. The work itself is vastly more interesting and personally rewarding (to me) than working on business intelligence software, which is probably where I'd be otherwise.

You get what you put into it, and you also get what you put up with. I don't recommend that anybody sacrifice their quality of life simply to be in games, and certainly some studios are worse than others, but in making games for 9 years, if you can put up with a some crunch every year or two, it can be a really fun job. Just put up resistance if you're being treated unfairly (80 hour work weeks? Never.) .. once you get some experience, you can move around. The entire industry is a game of musical chairs, so you should be able to find something at your 'pressure' level. Some people will put up with those insane for the privilege of working on a GTA title, but there is plenty of middle ground.

And as somebody else pointed out above, just because you like playing games (or even making them for yourself) doesn't necessarily mean you'll like making them in the AAA game space. I just wrapped up a title where the credits take about 40 minutes to watch, so there are lots of considerations in terms of how much time you're willing to put in, how much individual credit you're looking for, etc.

Comment Re:That's so sad. (Score 1) 625

That's nice, but he isn't speaking German, he's speaking English and in English it doesn't mean poison.

Ah, but English is a Germanic language. Aging beyond young adulthood is deadly. If it is a gift, then it is a poisonous one, so the interlingual play on words is quite apropos.

Comment Re:SCIENCE! (Score 4, Insightful) 217

if we have a global nuclear war, does that mean science won?

No. In all liklihood, it will mean religious fanatics in either America, some other region, or both, got their hands on nukes and decided to usher in whatever their version of post-apacalyptic "our religion now rules on Earth as it does in Heaven" millennium. By the time they realize what fools they were, we as a species have joined the other 99% of species in extinction.

Regardless, it will mean the baser side of human nature won, and happened to use a scientificly derived tool as it defeated our better natures, and our species.

Comment Travel would be a lot less arduous (Score 2) 385

Take I-80 coast to coast. The big challenge is staying awake through 1000 miles of corn, but you'll start to appreciate just how much of it we grow.

That's the beauty of 800mph travel. You only have to look at the corn for an hour and fifteen minutes, then you get a change of scenery. New York-Cleaveland-Chicago-KC-Denver would be a nice route to have, with maybe a southern spur St Louis, Memphis, New Orleans, along with a second western route from New Orleans through Houston, San Antonio, Touscon, Pheonix, to LA. Add a northern routhe Chicago-Minneapolis-Bismarck-Billings-Misoula-Spokane-Portland, hooking up to a west coast link from Vancouver to San Diego and you have a pretty well connected country. Obviously speeds would have to be slower in the rockies, barring expensive tunneling projects, but it would still beat air travel between most of those cities.

Comment Re:no shit (Score 2) 304

I think it works like this: if the broadcast networks were to offer their content for free via streaming, they would be competing with their own clients: the local affiliates. They receive the stuff and broadcast it locally over the airwaves, with local ads (inserted in addition to the national ads that come with the content). They also broadcast it over the local cable providers.

I don't know what, if any, revenue-sharing deals the networks make with the affiliates for competing with them via Hulu.

Comment Re:Define consciousness please (Score 1) 151

We don't have a rigorous definition of consciousness, yet, and may not for a long time.

But legal and medical decisions have to be made in the absence of certainty, because they can't wait. They're caught in a bind: they'd really like to have some unambiguous measure, so that they're not trapped in a judgment call that would be argued indefinitely without getting any closer to certainty. Since they don't have a rigorous definition, they're forced to make do with extremely rough approximations that can only be calibrated against some set of initial judgment calls.

The pursuit of a rigorous understanding of consciousness is ongoing. The tools that it has developed in the meantime will have to suffice for legal and medical decision-making. We're all going to be unhappy about that, but life never promised us timely answers.

Comment Re:I'd be sorry (Score 2) 496

The "proper authority" wording really catches at me. Authority doesn't mean that you know everything; it just means that you were in the right place at the right time with sufficient credentials to have power.

What he could have said there is, "In my low-level position I didn't have the perspective to see what damage this might cause, and should not have overriden the authority of those in a position to take a broader perspective." It's written so that people could come away thinking that's what he did say, but it clearly doesn't. Instead, he's saying exactly what you said: "I had no power to change things. I'd hoped the leaks would give me some, but they didn't. The power structure remains in place."

What I don't understand is, just who is this addressed to? Surely he doesn't expect the sentencing judge to be fooled by this non-apology into granting leniency. Could it just be a thinly coded message, telling the people who support him that there's still a lot of work to do, dressed up as an "apology" so that it would get press coverage?

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